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MMA: Julaton calls out Osman for rematch – “Let’s get it on!”

Ana Julaton is eager for a rematch with Ann Osman after disputing the split decision in August. Julaton has since enlisted the help of wrestling guru Ricky Lundell to improve her ground game. Photo: One FC.

Ana Julaton is eager for a rematch with Ann Osman after disputing the split decision in August. Julaton, a former boxing world champion, has since enlisted the help of wrestling guru Ricky Lundell to improve her ground game. Photo: One FC.

November 30, 2014: Former boxing champion Ana Julaton has called out Ann Osman for a rematch, stating that “this is something that people all over Asia would want to watch”.

 

Julaton, 34, publicly disputed her split-decision loss to her 28-year-old Malaysian rival in Dubai in August, as each competed in only their second pro MMA fight.

 

Julaton is currently focused on fighting Walaa Abbas in Friday’s Warrior’s Way in Manila – where she made a winning MMA debut in May – but admits that she’s already itching to tackle Osman again.

 

“I want a rematch. I’d say, let’s do it. Let’s do it right away. I think this is something that people all over Asia would want to watch and want to see,” said Julaton, who was born in San Francisco and now lives in Las Vegas.

 

“I feel like I have unfinished business. I feel like I really got to do a lot of damage in that fight and that she’s never experienced anything like that before – anyone retaliating against an armbar or punches from an actual world‑class boxer.”

 

Julaton – who adopted the nickname ‘Hurricane’ in her boxing days – came into MMA with a strong striking game, holding various world boxing titles from 2009 to 2012 and a black belt in both taekwondo and bok fu.

 

However, following the loss to Osman, Julaton enlisted the help of wrestling guru Ricky Lundell in Las Vegas to improve her ground game and ensure there are fewer holes in her game if they should meet again.

 

“I feel with just a little bit more training and just kind of having a little more technique where I can be a little more effective with my boxing in the cage, it’s something I definitely want to do,” said Julaton, who regularly trains with boxing coach Angelo Reyes in Los Angeles.

 

“I think a lot of people would get excited about it. There’s no problem on my end. Coach Reyes and Coach Lundell, they’re all looking forward to that fight. I would say, let’s do it.”

 

Julaton is a big hit in the Philippines, where her parents were born before emigrating to the USA. Her loss in Dubai was greeted by boos from the many Filipinos in the crowd and the fighter herself was among those to dispute the decision, although she admits she was still viewing the clash as a boxer.

 

“Before I was working with Ricky Lundell, I looked at it through a boxer’s eye. At the time, I was disappointed. Many believe I won that fight because of the damage aspect. I had no bumps or bruises at all. With my experience of fighting, a lot of it has to do with how much can you counter your opponent, obviously skilfully, so when I was put into the armbar and she didn’t complete it, I felt like it was a failed attempt,” Julaton said.

 

“Obviously I’ve been working with coach Lundell and working closely with Angelo on having an overall picture, so now I have more of an MMA eye. But I still have my boxing instinct, like my boxing fight experience, so it’s a pretty unique time.”

 

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